Sure, most people smile in photos. But in Brian Hilson's portraiture work, his subjects' smiles are so natural and radiant that they don't look posed—it looks like he caught them in a moment of genuine happiness. This is likely in part to his mission to give each project "a fresh perspective instead of applying a formula," one that has led to his pictures being seen everywhere from local bars to Zagat.com. He's worked with food, street fashion, headshots, and bridal work and is currently focusing on LGBT weddings. He also leads classes in photography and software such as Photoshop.
What services does your business offer and what makes your business stand out from the competition?
Here at 34Studio, we take pride in our unconventional, alternative style. We love to explore and create art that has never been seen or done before, and in turn the rewards are great! Being able to experience the look of awe on our clients’ face is the very thing we thrive on.
Do you provide any materials? What should your students expect to bring?
Each student should bring a DSLR camera to each class, as well as materials for note-taking.
What was the inspiration to start or run this business?
Traveling the world, you get to experience so many different walks of life. After seeing so many breath-taking places and people, often times I found myself reaching down to a camera that wasn’t there. Hearing those shutters going crazy was the beginning of a feeling that now, I can't live without!
What do you love most about your job?
I love the people. I love being able to see the expressions on my client’s face as they think of their big day or their little one. I love knowing that I am contributing to so much more than just a portrait hanging on a wall. I love the fact that we are able to provide unforgettable art and feeling.
Whether she’s snapping shots of Lil Wayne’s sparkling grin, the urban landscape of Detroit, or the Arab American National Museum, photographer Asia Hamilton inspires people to view the world from a new perspective. Her photography raises awareness on issues of waste and consumption, and strives to unmask the beauty hidden in a cityscape.
When she’s not on a globetrotting, eye-opening adventure, she’s teaching aspiring photographers at her studio, Nozomi Live Photography & Design. She demystifies photography concepts such as lighting and composition before taking shutterbugs out on urban excursions, where they can practice techniques in the bustling city. She helps her protégés feel more comfortable using their cameras’ manual settings, making the picture-snapping devices feel like an extension of their bodies without duct tape or cybernetic surgery.
When Candace Moss's husband was deployed with the army, the mother of two had a newfound drive to commemorate each day with her family. She began snapping pictures every chance she got, turning fleeting moments of joy into everlasting ones that could be shared with her husband. That's what inspired her to open Mom and Pop Photo School, a place where other parents could learn how to best capture memories with their DSLR cameras. Eventually, its in-person courses developed into online camera-and-photo classes to accommodate parents' busy schedules. To support online learning, students also have e-mail access to instructors and a local community of Mom and Pop photography students, who regularly meet to practice their skills together.
Legacy Studios' master photographer, Barbara Berry, heads a team of professional photographers as they exercise their skill in capturing vivid images of children, families, mothers-to-be, and high school seniors. The studio's Masterpiece technique transforms photographs into images that evoke classic oil paintings, and a roster of pinup packages encourage patrons to channel their inner burlesque dancer for a series of sultry photos perfect for a significant other.
In addition to photography services, Legacy Studios also offers basic digital-photo workshops, an online course, and Photoshop-training DVDs, which teach clients the ins and outs of retouching images and removing spectral photobombs.
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